Next came Charybdis, who swallows the sea in a whirlpool, then spits it up again. Avoiding this we skirted the cliff where Scylla exacts her toll. Each of her six slavering maws grabbed a sailor and wolfed him down. -Homer, The Odyssey
When it comes to discussion on matters that count, naval authors must navigate with care and precision through treacherous waters. On one side lies the moral whirlpool of Charybdis, threatening to drown her victims with silent convictions, unspoken dissent, and abandoned integrity for the sake of getting along. On the other lies Scylla, with her snakehead charges of sedition, libel, contempt, and venomous character assassination, guided by institutional retribution, ready to devour offenders in reprisal for disagreeable words. It is a journey for only the hardiest souls, for one need not pass without choosing to do so. But for some the destination is too compelling, for the port known as "truth" lies on the other side.
The Teeth of Scylla